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Comment Laws of country (Score -1, Troll) 113

You have to abide laws everywhere in the world. This includes abiding Chinese laws if you want to do business there. China has many gigantic internet companies that tailor their sites and products specifically to Chinese market and they are doing just fine.

Remember that you don't hear these news about Baidu, Bing or other chinese search engines and technology companies. It's only Google that seems to be having huge problems in China. Not only with the Chinese government but also Chinese competitors and the way of life. Again, the Chinese versions of Twitter, Facebook, Google etc. are doing just fine.

Fact is, Google has never really had that good market share in China. Baidu has always been a clear winner. This has led to Google annoyingly complaining about the state of things. They are, for once, the monolith that doesn't want to change. This same holds true for Russia and CIS countries where Google is losing to Yandex.

Just like the record companies in the western world and US need to change their business, so does Google in China. More importantly they need to stop bitching and complaining when things aren't going like they would want them to go. For example, Baidu offers mp3 search engines where people can download music for free, legally. Google called quits on such service (they used to run it for a while but never gained popularity).

The fact is, Google is not struggling because the Great Firewall or because the government makes competition hard. Google is struggling on their own regards and only by themselves. They seem not to be able to justify their existence in China and doesn't seem to offer Chinese citizens what they want.

Google is also struggling because they don't have the data points Baidu has because of it's size. They have that in the west and that's also why Google seems to be better than Bing. In today's search engine market not only is your algorithm necessary, but also great amount of data that you can collect. That data is what ultimately makes your algorithm work. Google does not have that in China and Russia and that's why they're struggling in those markets. Not because of the government.

Comment vBulletin (Score 5, Informative) 259

I would say that vBulletin is your best choice. It has a huge amount of features you're going to love.

Seriously, building something like vBulletin would take you years with all the front-end and admin panel features. It is also customizable to every site so that it can look the same as your site (but maintains the usability users have adjusted to on other sites). This is also performance thing apart from features - you most likely lack the knowledge to make high performance forum as good as vBulletin guys have.

I've seen large sites that have connected their website with vBulletin, so it is possible. Not only that, but vBulletin actually has vBulletin Connect that lets you build your website around vBulletin. Some CMS (Content Management Systems) also support vBulletin directly.

One specific large site I use daily did convert from their proprietary system they had used for more than 10 years. vBulletin was their choice, and while it did take a few months to convert that old system, the forum now works much better and supports way more features that users like. If you are making a new site you can obviously do it correctly the first time and skip the conversion.
If you are doing this as work for a professional site, I would stay away from phpBB and other free solutions. While it's possible to use them, you don't get any support and they're hard to integrate exactly the way you want to. They also tend to lack on the features that something like vBulletin has.

vBulletin really is your best choice. It's a little pricy, but for what you get the price is more than justified.

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